Thu.May 23, 2019

Using full-body MRIs, Ezra can now detect 11 cancers in men and 13 in women

TechCrunch LA

When Ezra first launched about six months ago, the company was using magnetic resonance imaging machines to test for prostate cancer in men. But the company’s founder, Emi Gal, always had a larger goal.

What’s your story? Did someone else create it?


It is an old warning in the entertainment industry. Define your persona the way you want others to view you – before someone else defines you by comparing you to someone not as flattering as you would like. Sometimes you win when others define your story.

Fika Ventures raises $76M to fund the growing LA tech ecosystem

TechCrunch LA

The Los Angeles ecosystem is $76 million stronger today as Fika Ventures , a seed-stage venture capital firm, announces its sophomore investment fund.

Fika Ventures Completes $76 Million Raise

L.A. Business Journal

West Los Angeles-based investor Fika Ventures announced May 23 it completed the raise of a $76 million fund, the VC’s second since its 2017 launch

Boring Co. Selected For Las Vegas Tunnel


Los Angeles-based Boring Co. , the tunnel-and-transportation startup led by tech billionaire Elon Musk, has been selected to build a small transportation system using Boring Co.'s s technology, which will span the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) announced the selection of The Boring Company on Wednesday, saying it hopes to have the tunnel built and transportation system running by the Consumer Electronics Show in January of 2021.

Silicon Beach Report May 23: Boring Co. Contracted for Las Vegas Tunnel

L.A. Business Journal

Riot Games creates gaming association; Simran Sethi vacates Netflix post; Boring Co. to build Las Vegas tunnel

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Preccelerator Workshop: Startup Leadership and Culture 101 with Janine Davis

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BiasSync Launches Tool for Unconscious Bias Assessment


A new, Los Angeles-based startup, BiasSync , has launched a tool aimed at helping corporations and government agencies measure unconscious bias in the workplace, in an attempt to help foster a "more fair and respectful workplace". According to BiasSync, the company was co-founded by former broadcast journalist and entrepreneur Michele Ruiz, former Tinder VP of Technology Dan Gould, and serial tech entrepreneur Robin Richards.

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PeerStreet Names New VP


Los Angeles-based PeerStreet , which runs a marketplace for investing in real estate backed loans, says that it has named Deepa Salastekar as its Vice President of Institutional Sales. According to PeerStreet, Salastekar will lead the strategy and communications for the growing number of financial institutions seeking to invest in fractional or whole loans on PeerStreet.

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Riot Games Creates College, High School Sports Body


Los Angeles-based videogame publisher Riot Games has created a brand new organization to govern college esports, called the Riot Scholastic Association of America (RSAA). According to Riot Games, the new organization will be the governing body for Riot's college and high school esports activity. Riot said the new organization will have a board of advisors that includes Mark Deppe, the Director of Esports, University of California, Irvine and Commissioner, NASEF; A.J.